Peter Dickinson, John Flinders (pianos), Duke Dobing (flute), Revd Donald Reeves (speaker), Jo Maggs (soprano), Meriel Dickinson (mezzo-soprano), St James’s Singers, James Holland and David Johnson (percussion), John Alley (piano) & Henry Herford (baritone-speaker)
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Peter Dickinson weaves together musical styles popular and classical, past and present, using a technique of ‘style modulation’.
In his Mass of the Apocalypse the Book of Revelations’ visions of a new heaven and earth interact with the liturgical text. The music of Sidney Bechet and Bix Beiderbecke played at Philip Larkin’s memorial service suggested the means for him to set the words of the great British poet, himself a jazz critic.
His Five Forgeries spoof the styles of famous composers, while the other works showcase different aspects of his many-sided talent.
Jennifer Bate’s recording of Dickinson’s complete solo organ works is available on Naxos 8572169.
Tracks 2-6 of this disc were previously issued by Conifer in 1989.
Peter Dickinson: The Unicorns: II. Lullaby (version for flute and piano)
The Unicorns: II. Lullaby (arr. for flute and piano)
Peter Dickinson: Mass of the Apocalypse
Sanctus and Benedictus
Ite missa est
Peter Dickinson: Larkin's Jazz
Prelude to Reasons for Attendance
Reasons for Attendance
Commentary on Reasons for Attendance
Prelude to For Sidney Bechet
For Sidney Bechet
Commentary on For Sidney Bechet
Prelude to Love Songs in Age
Love Songs in Age
Commentary on Love Songs in Age
Prelude to Reference Back
Reference Back - Conclusion
Peter Dickinson: 5 Forgeries
No. 1. Poulenc: Vif et gai
No. 2. Hindemith: Sehr langsam - Massig schnell
No. 3. Stravinsky: eighth note = 120-144
No. 4. Delius: Slow
No. 5. Bartok: Pesante
Peter Dickinson: 5 Early Pieces
No. 1. Contemplation I
No. 2. Invention I
No. 3. Contemplation II
No. 4. Invention II
No. 5. Contemplation III
Peter Dickinson: Air
Peter Dickinson: Metamorphosis
“…the Larkin homage, and more particularly the Mass, remain the most substantial work, the latter announced by an all-too-predictable apocalyptic crash, but deftly contriving an imaginative interactive conjunction of Missa brevis…and the Book of Revelation. ...Dickinson's ear for jazz yields some fertile commentary, and if the Five Early Pieces are well-made rather than ear-catching, the Five Forgeries contain some affectionate quasi-pastiches affectionately played.”
“Peter Dickinson and Philip Larkin make a surprisingly plausible pairing...The Nash Ensemble make an unexpectedly decent fist at evoking New Orleans salty-dog funk, responding to Dickinson's slyly astute caricatures.”